Journalist David Bornstein delivers the annual Hart House Lecture this Wednesday titled “So you Want to Change the World? The Emergence of Social Entrepreneurship and the Rise of the Citizen Sector.”
“The aim of the Hart House Lecture is to bring outside ideas into the university environment,” says Derek Tsang, one of the organizers. Appropriately, this year’s lecturer is also interested in new ideas. Bornstein grew up in Montreal, and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University. A former computer programmer, he decided to go into journalism after a backpacking trip around southeast Asia. While freelancing, he became interested in what he calls social entrepreneurship.
General of ill-fated Rwanda mission describes the ‘new world disorder’ in Munk Centre talk
“Are all humans human, or do some humans count more than others?” asked Lt.-Gen. (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire last Saturday afternoon during his talk entitled “The UN in Crisis: Where are the Middle Powers?” His lecture was sponsored by the Munk Centre, the Cambodian Genocide Group and the Asian Institute.
Dallaire has had to ask himself this uncomfortable question before. He was the Canadian general in command of the UN force in Rwanda during the 1993-94 genocide that saw 800,000 Rwandans brutally slaughtered in a fierce campaign of ethnic cleansing. The mission was chronically underfunded, understaffed, and overlooked by the rest of the world. In Dallaire’s estimation, this was partly because developed nations were not willing to put their soldiers in harm’s way for the sake of a Rwandan. Dallaire’s mission was not able to prevent or stop the genocide, and he has suffered post-traumatic stress disorder from the horror he witnessed.
Formerly hawkish writer re-evaluates his support for war in Munk Centre lecture: ‘We were looking at a gathering threat’
“When you have second thoughts, a good place to have them is at home,” said Michael Ignatieff last Friday at the Munk Centre for International Studies. His talk, entitled “Intervention after Iraq: Some Second Thoughts” was part of the Cambodian Genocide Group’s “Responsibility to Protect” lecture series.
“Responsibility to Protect” is the title and guiding principle of the report filed by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Appropriately, Ignatieff was one of the commissioners who prepared the document. It asserts that governments have the responsibility to protect their citizens from harm, and that when they cannot or will not, the rest of the world must do so.
Erindale campus is leading the way on green issues, audience hears
A group of mostly undergraduate students gathered last Friday for the University Community Environment Forum. With the slogan “Great minds for a greener future,” the half-day conference covered academic programs, campus groups and current environmental issues.
“The goal was to bring out as many students as possible, especially first and second year students, to introduce them to some of the different groups that are working on environmental issues at U of T,” said Bryan Purcell, president of the University of Toronto Environmental Resource Network (UTERN), and an organizer of the forum.